Geothermal Projects

HGP-A — Hawaii Geothermal Project — Abbott

HGP-A — Hawaii Geothermal Project — Abbott

In 1976, the University of Hawaii (UH) drilled Hawaii’s first geothermal well to produce steam. After an extensive geophysical survey in the lower Kilauea East Rift Zone, with a rotary rig, UH drilled the geothermal well the Hawaii Geothermal Project – Abbott (HGP-A). HPG-A operated just south of Puu Honuaula, the initial vent site of ...

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Puna Geothermal Venture

Puna Geothermal Venture

Before the lava from the recent volcanic eruptions smothered Puna Geothermal Venture, it provided nearly a quarter of the power consumed on the Island of Hawaii. The only geothermal power plant in Hawaii, the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) includes two air-cooled power plants, a combined cycle system, and a binary system. PGV can generate up ...

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Geothermal Resource Assessments

Geothermal Resource Assessments

A geothermal resource assessment is a survey of geothermal energy available for use at a particular area. As the Hawaiian islands are a part of a chain of volcanoes that extends 3,800 miles, all of the major Hawaiian islands hold geothermal energy. From 1978 through the 1980s, the Hawaii Geothermal Resources Assessment Program identified potential ...

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Hawaii Deep Water Cable Program

Hawaii Deep Water Cable Program

After years of planning and $26 million, the Hawaii Deep Water Cable Program would never happen. From 1982 to the early 1990s, this program aimed to diversify Hawaii’s energy sources and lay a 150-mile submarine transmission power cable in the ocean from Puna, Hawaii island, to Maui and Oahu, the more populated islands. However, this ...

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